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Poster: The Bopper Date: Jan 10, 2006 5:22pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Dead Era?

I have to narrow it down more, '80 - '83. Garcia played the best guitar of his life during these years, and '81-'82 are the absolute highlights for me. Garcia's playing during this time was fast and precise, and he carried the band. I constantly listen to shows from other periods, but always find myself coming home to a nice early to mid 80's show. JGB was also in their prime between '80 and '83.

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Poster: Bigriver1047 Date: Jan 16, 2006 10:59pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Dead Era?

What about 85? Thats my favorite year. Saratoga, Chula vista, greeks are where its at. 80-85 are great yrs no matter how bad the old man looked. Persian seemed to be working for him up until then.

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Jan 11, 2006 7:37am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Dead Era?

Bopper, it's nice to see someone who appreciates the early Brent years. They often seem to get the short shrift on this site. I agree that 81-82 are the best of the post 75 era. To me the last great period lasted from the Fall 79 East Coast tour to the end of 83. To me 81 is the best year I ever saw ( I attended shows from mid 78 on.). It seemed that almost every show was high energy and musically precise. All the tours that year were great, starting at the Uptown Theater, through the east coast, the incredible summer midwest tour, the Greeks , to Europe and through New Years. It was a truly great year for Dead Heads. It's nice to hear from someone who appreciates that era, sometimes it seems that the folks who frequent this site are people who don't quite appreciate that era, i see a lot of "the early 80's were a low point for the Dead" comments. I rarely listen to shows after 1988, although I saw them frequently in that era, I always thought that they could have done a lot better than Vince. I bet we were at a lot of the same shows.

This post was modified by Purple Gel on 2006-01-11 15:37:00

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Jan 10, 2006 9:14pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Dead Era?

Bopper- Glad to see that you and I agree about the early 80's. I always enjoy your posts, and have done a search on the forum using your screen name to pull out your commentary- it has led me to solme great listening

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Poster: The Bopper Date: Jan 11, 2006 1:02am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Dead Era?

Awesome, thanks - On bt.etree.org there is a new Charlie Miller soundboard of 4/12/82. This SBD was never on the archive.

http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=21447